Project managers—especially new practitioners—often struggle with the control and governance aspects of the discipline, but they are a good thing for the project and the team. Without them, PMs are operating on guesswork.
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We start the new decade with a bang as we present the 13th edition of our annual virtual conference and exhibition! Whether you’re a seasoned PM or new to the field, PMXPO provides an excellent opportunity to learn, network, earn PDUs and broaden your perspective on project management. This year’s show is headlined by keynote speaker Cara Brookins, a bestselling author who rebuilt her broken family by building her own house watching “how-to” videos on YouTube.
The PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018 is the fusion of two prior events, the Internet Systems & Technologies Symposium, and the Talent Management Conference. The new event focuses on the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management discipline and careers. Participants will better understand how emerging technologies affect their career and skills progression, as well as the evolving needs of hiring managers as they seek out top project management talent.
Risk, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things—as technology transforms project management, PM professionals are either ahead of the game, or falling behind. Stay current and competitive with the 2017 PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium. Exclusive to PMI members, this free, virtual event delivers a full day of intelligence on innovation and its impact on your PM career. • Gain insight into the tech-driven trends disrupting our industry, without leaving your desk • Network with the PMI global community while developing the skills organizations are looking for today—and tomorrow • Earn 6 PDUs • Get actionable intelligence you will not find anywhere else, tailored specifically for project and program managers Register today— Here are more details on sessions and speakers.
In this presentation, Mark Mullaly endeavors to take some of the guesswork out of getting started. You'll explore the essentials of what it takes to be an effective project manager, and how to put your best foot forward on your first day in the role. He examines what you need to now about process, practices, people and politics. You'll get experienced advice to apply in a situation where experience is what you most feel is missing. Whether you are a new project manager, or one that has been around the block a few times, this is a presentation where you are likely to still get a wealth of value and insight.
In this installment of the Discover PMI – Ask Us Anything Series, we will provide an overview of PMI’s Certification offerings through the Certification Framework. PMI was founded by volunteers in 1969 and since then has provided certifications and credentials to allow individuals to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. Today’s employment market has been impacted by the disruption of traditional business models due to the continued move to a project oriented economy and global events impacting supply chains and the way individuals work. No longer does the ‘corporate ladder’ meet the needs of employees. The Certification Framework provides a view of the more ‘squiggly’ career paths that are coming into focus now and should be with us in the future. In this session, the Certification team will introduce and describe the breadth of products available and provide an opportunity for you to interact with the Product Owners. If you are interested in learning more about possible next steps in the profession, this webinar will be a must-attend event for you.
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This Excel workbook provides eight logs and registers to help your project. It includes a Changes Log, a Lessons Learned Log, an Assumptions-Constraints Log, an Issues Log, a Risk Register (with accompanying risk guide and list), a Customer Promise Log, a Project Task Tracker, and an RFI Tracker. It's perfect for new and seasoned PMs alike.
This Excel workbook will help you form a comprehensive risk plan with templates for a Project Plan, Work Breakdown Structure, Dependency Log, Rick Plan, Project Procurements Registry and Project Communications Log. It is helpful for experienced and new PMs alike.
This two-page project charter template includes sections for a stakeholder list, summary milestone schedule for various project phases (like collecting requirements, the development phase and prototype testing), and more. Adapt it to fit your specific project.
While actively participating in mentorship during a project with a local design/build firm, this practitioner compiled an overview of the project management process as detailed in PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Use this overview with other project managers as a tool to reference in your day-to-day PM activities (as well as share with new project managers).
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Information security is all about protection of information and its critical elements (confidentiality, integrity and availability), including the systems and process that use, store and transmit that information. When it comes to information security, what exactly does it mean to us as project managers? This author helps you put the right procedures in place.
We all hope that every project succeeds, but that doesn’t happen. If one of your first projects fails, it can be hard to handle. How should you respond, and what should your approach be moving forward?
Even though everyone being developed into a project manager will end up with broadly similar skills and abilities, standardized development just doesn’t work. Do your organization's development efforts vary based on the current skills and experience of each individual?
If everyone forgets that you’re managing a project, that probably means you’re doing a good job. That’s not easy to achieve, even for very experienced project managers. So how does a new PM go about attempting it?
Question: Due to my success as a project manager in the traditional marketplace, I have opened my own business as a contractor for unique projects. I’m having some trouble with the financial side of things. How can I make sure I’m covering my own expenses and profit, while also protecting my customers from feeling uncertain about the cost for my services?
A project management exercise with kids was a humbling experience for an experienced practitioner, and it led to some valuable lessons and an important question: Are we having enough fun in our craft? These four techniques can help.
The process of change management has been simplified in many ways, reducing the amount of overhead required to approve change requests. But there is still going to be disruption to the team, and that’s going to impact the ability to deliver. Here we identify the factors that need to be considered.
There’s a point in every project where PMs don’t have much to do. The work is moving forward without them, and they feel a little redundant. How do you deal with that? Follow these do's and don't when your workload slows down.
Projects are full of data points that provide some indication of how different aspects of the work are going. But leadership isn’t binary; it isn’t right or wrong. What does leadership success look like? Here are some clues to gauge your performance.
In order to build accurate project budgets, a project manager must determine what costs they are responsible for managing as part of the project’s execution. Don't forget these types of costs, estimating techniques and calculations the next time you need to estimate a budget.
If we think back over our careers, we can likely remember situations where we saw new project managers being tricked, teased or joked with. We may even have experienced it, or done it ourselves. We need to do better.
The career most people pursue requires a compromise, but does project management need to be more than a job? Our craft requires too much commitment from the people doing it—and personal investment in the work. Is it more than just a paycheck to you?
What do painting rooms, installing flooring and spreading top soil have to do with project management? The steps can help teach us important lessons about the basic relationship between sequential work packages—along with the use of lags and leads.
It’s critical for project managers to have, at a minimum, an understanding of the foundations of our craft. Businesses that refuse to invest in this critical skills development may find themselves facing additional project challenges. Focus on these four core competencies to start.
Communication is key to the success of any project, but what’s the right amount of communication, and when do issues need addressing? Are you sure you need to communicate it at all? In Part 1 of this two-part series, we look at communication from the project manager.
There is rarely a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to project management, and substantial improvisation is often required. But keeping these sometimes-not-so-obvious lessons in mind can go a long way toward achieving success.
Project managers succeed or fail because of the relationships they develop. For new PMs in particular, it’s essential to develop all of those relationships quickly. And that’s where problems sometimes start.
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